By looking at the pattern
on the reptile skins, the officer had a hunch they were made from
a relative of the crocodile and alligator.
My blood started to
boil. But the Yacaré
caiman is a protected species,
I said into the phone. Bringing skins of that animal into the
U.S. is against the law!
said the guy at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Thats
why the officer seized the shoes and handbags from the reptile
the problem? I asked.
said it was not a protected caiman, he said.
The importer claimed
that its impossible to tell the difference between caimans
just by comparing skin patterns. This disagreement went to court.
And thats where I came to the rescue.